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Group Pressuring Hagel for Base Porn Ban Ties Cause to Sex Abuse Crisis

Because bases continue to sell Playboy and Maxim, Morality in Media argued to the Defense secretary, "now our military is reaping what it has sown."

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Bridget Johnson

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June 17, 2013 - 6:36 pm
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Anti-pornography activists are using the Pentagon’s sex abuse scandal to pressure Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to ban all nudie mags from the military.

Their definition of pornography also extends to titles such as Cosmopolitan, Maxim, and FHM.

Morality in Media applauded Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ order late last week that all workplaces be swept to ensure they’re “free from materials that create a degrading, hostile, or offensive work environment.”

Naval workplaces are defined as “office buildings, facilities, naval vessels, aircraft, government vehicles, hangars, ready rooms, conference rooms, individual offices, cubicles, storage rooms, tool and equipment rooms, workshops, break rooms, galleys, recreation areas, Navy and Marine Corps Exchanges, and heads,” as well as barracks common areas, schools and training facilities.

Material that will be in violation includes “degrading or offensive material includes, but is not limited to, documents, logs, books, pictures, photographs, calendars, posters, magazines, videos, props, displays, or other media, including electronic media, that contain inappropriate depictions and are detrimental to a professional working environment.”

Mabus said computers, desk drawers, individual barracks rooms, lockers, backpacks, cars, iPhones, etc., would be exempted from the offensive material inspection.

And today Morality in Media’s elation over Mabus’ memo was further tempered by a clarification from the Navy press office that Navy and Marine Exchanges would still continue to sell Playboy and other adult magazines.

“Throughout the military, Exchange stores are selling a large variety of pornographic magazines, which treat women as little more than whores whose self worth is tied to their ability to sexually excite. But isn’t that attitude at the root of the military’s shocking sexual abuse scandal?” the group said in a statement.

“We don’t suggest that pornography is the sole or even dominant cause of rising sexual assaults in the Military, but we know it won’t be solved until all women in the military are assured that the culture of sexual exploitation in the Armed Services is dead. That cannot happen unless Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel halts the sale of pornography in all Military Exchange.”

Internet porn is already blocked on Defense Department computer systems. Porn bans have also applied to certain theaters of conflict, such as 1990′s Desert Shield General Order #1 that was “intended to include not only ‘obscene items,’ but items of ‘art’ which display human genitalia, uncovered women’s breasts, or any human sexual act.” In Nov. 2009 the Army issued General Order #1 for personnel serving in Iraq and Kuwait that banned alcoholic beverages, entrance into mosques by non-Muslims, and any possession of sexually explicit images.

The Defense Department is on Morality in Media’s “Dirty Dozen List” as one of the top “facilitators of porn” in America.

Others on the list are Attorney General Eric Holder, Comcast, Facebook, Google Play, LodgeNet, Hilton Hotels, Twitter, the American Library Association, Wikipedia, Cosmopolitan magazine, and Barnes & Noble.

Holder tops the list because he “refuses to enforce existing federal obscenity laws against hardcore adult pornography.”

“The Pentagon has a serious pornography problem, and it is doing next to nothing to combat it. In fact, it seems to be embracing pornography,” the group says. “Morality In Media receives a steady stream of comments from servicemen and women and their spouses regarding the widespread availability of pornography in the US Military.”

Hagel hasn’t indicated how he would rule on this specific request, but he has indicated a willingness to try new suggestions to keep the solution to the number of sex abuses cases in the ranks out of the hands of Congress.

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Good grief!

This is the most Victorian Era suppression-discussion since whalebone corsets! and Female Suffrage. [no punning, please]

What's happened most recently with male-female "relations" that hasn't been going on since right after the Ark floated freely and then landed again after the waters receded?

Surely there's been no intermission. [no punning, please...]

Gasp! Picture magazines on racks! Inside Military premises! For sale!

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PssssssT!!

How're those "PlayGIRL" Mags sellin'?
1 year ago
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Let's see, Playboy was first published in December of 1953.

That's 60 years ago people - it ain't nothing new, and I would suspect a lot more explicit material is available on the internet.

The last Playboy I purchased was actually at my wife's request as she wanted to see how a particular celebrity looked after she lost weight!

Methinks there is another underlying reason for rape/sexual assault than whether or not these kinds of magazines are available on base, this just happens to be seen as an image opportunity for these scolds.

Also, just out of curiosity, is Anu Bhagwati a moslem?

Seriously, the Republicans would be fools to hop into bed with these shrews!

(Aw hell, get outta the way as there they go a-hoppin' in....)
1 year ago
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Several people here wanting to bash Morality in Media. They may not state their point elegantly, but can you look past the messenger and examine the message?

For example, doesn't something seem a little "off" in the article? The article defends porn with the idea that rape has _declined_ , yet we are now in a supposed crisis of sexual assault? Hmmm.

Does anyone really deny that our culture has become extremely sexualized over the past 10-20 years? In concert with the decline in virtues such as personal responsibility and government restraint and a declining sense of masculinity in our younger generation of men or at least our culture's portrayal of it? Has anyone noticed that human trafficking has exploded in the past decade or so? Doesn't it tickle your curiousity, even a little, to contemplate how that explosion has come about shortly after the explosion of availability of porn on the internet?

There is more here than meets the eye. I encourage anyone to consider how our society's buying habits are impacted by advertising, how our children and younger generation are impacted by a continuous stream of leftist propaganda, and how all of us are impacted by continuous immersion in Cable/TV shows and magazines today that would have been rated R several decades back. Remember, you can be swimming against the current and still be pushed downstream. The only way to prevent that is to get out and find solid ground.
1 year ago
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Sexual assault----rape in plain English-----is N-O-T a quest for sexual gratification. It is a power trip stemming from a desire to hurt and humiliate.
Moraility in Media would seem to fit the profile.
1 year ago
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To be fair, we'd better ban romance novels too.

Especially for the stay at home wives.

Or, we could try having all male military units. And all female units too, of course. It worked for Khadaffi...

1 year ago
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It is my understanding half of the problem lies with the Homosexuals.

It has always been known that real men like pussy, and might post a pic next to their bunk.

Have you folks ever been told about the birds, and the bees.
1 year ago
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Now that's interesting. So there are luddites who think that people still buy girlie magazines? Maybe they are offended by chair legs without skirts as well? In fact, porn is free and ubiquitous. The pentagon's computer systems are good enough that they can probably be hacked to bring the stuff on your sniper scope if you cared. Women who serve in combat units in the military had better be able to handle themselves, because if they are captured, they are likely to be raped continuously until the war is over. If that hasn't ocurred to anyone, it may be time to think about it. But, actually, I think this generation is up to it. I just wonder what escape and evasion training is like anymore. Do they teach the ladies to bite off the interrogator's favorite toy and run for it?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Oh gosh, lets do it for the little wymin. Diversity uber alles. Who possibly could have thought that there might be problems integrating females into the military? And of course, when it happens, it must be the fault of the evil depraved males.

Let us all hope for the day when the US military uniform will be a pink tutu and that standard tactics will consist of doing a mass interpretive dance on the theme of universal personhood that will compel all our enemies to throw down their arms and join us in our paean to peace and diversity.
/sarcasm ends
1 year ago
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Morality in Media.. what an idiotic endeavor!

Citing, '..their own research..' - hahahaha *Shocking*

Removing the material MiM find sexually offensive will NOT curb anything, whatsoever.

The ONLY way to deter ANY form of sexual content continuing to being viewed by those serving in the military is to remove their desk, book shelves, computer etc., from their office/ cubicle etc., and have a camera set up to watch their every movement.

As for the desk jockey, White collared USMC-vet Bhagwati's antics, actions.. she's proven to NEVER be TDY or serve abroad in hostile, remote locales.

While serving I was inundated by fellow servicewomen leaving their moronic Us/ People Weekly and other like-'minded' periodicals around the office.. reading/ perusing and talking ad nausea about Hollywood hunks, affairs and other insipidness constantly. You know what I did?

I IGNORED IT or changed the subject matter being discussed. Period.

If what she purported while serving was occurring and frustrated her so.. she OBVIOUSLY didn't have a strong rapport nor the personality trait to change the subject matter. Ms. Bhagwati SHOULD have scheduled an after-work rendezvous spot with her colleagues and come to an accord with them.

Nope instead Bhagwati became part of and is now E D of some only-female club bashing ONLY servicemen. Dictating her/ SWAN's archaic demands.

How draconian, counterproductive of her/ SWAN.
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